One Goal - Many Voices. Writing with 2030 in mind, representatives of civil society organizations, experts from science and research, business partners and individuals who are particularly committed to the issue are active in the fight against hunger. The exchange of ideas regarding the magazine's main focus is on the diversity of the participants.
Irene Hoffmann is Secretary of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment, at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, Italy. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Lawrence Haddad is GAIN’s Executive Director since 2016. Today, Lawrence chairs Action Track 1 of the United Nations Food Systems Summit and is the co-convener of the Standing Together for Nutrition. Prior to GAIN, Lawrence was lead author of the Global Nutrition Report, Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), and Director of the Food Consumption and Nutrition Division at IFPRI. He is the winner of the 2018 World Food Prize Foundation award together with David Nabarro. Click here for more.
Claudia Ringler is Deputy Division Director of the Environment and Production Technology Division (EPTD) at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). IFPRI provides research-based solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition in developing countries.
Since 2019, Matthias Berninger has been Head of Public Affairs, Science and Sustainability at the German pharmaceutical and agrochemical company Bayer. From 1994 to 2007 he was a member of the German Bundestag for the Green Party, and from 2001 to 2005 he was also Parliamentary State Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture. From 2008, he worked at Mars in the fields of communications, sustainability and strategy development, and from 2011 as Head of Public Affairs.
Stefan Schmitz joined the Crop Trust as Executive Director in January 2020. He previously worked as Deputy Director-General and Commissioner for the “One World – No Hunger” Initiative at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). He also chaired the Steering Committee of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP).
Celia Dede d’ALMEIDA, is a Malian journalist, based in Bamako, Mali. She is Head of “ODEKA Media & Training” and editor of “Rue14.ml”, information platform in Mali. For several years, Celia Dede has been working to train journalists. She is also a communications consultant.
Florent Kossivi Tiassou is a Togolese-born journalist, trainer and consultant based in Bonn, Germany, who produces programmes and environment-related reports for "Deutsche Welle".As a trainer, he is specialised in the dissemination of best practice examples on climate change adaptation and sustainable land management (SLM) and was awarded with the Carl von Carlowitz Sustainability Award 2019/2020 by the "Senate of the Economy".
Christine Scholl is Senior Advisor for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains at the conservation organisation WWF. She joined WWF Germany in 2018 as Manager Sustainable Business and Markets and then took over the role as Acting Director of the Sustainable Business and Markets Department. Since 2020, she works on sustainable and responsible supply chains, standards and certification systems in the Agriculture and Land Use Change Department. Previously, Christine Scholl worked at the think tank adelphi on responsible supply chains, the reduction of negative environmental and social impacts in the production and extraction of raw materials, and the impacts of climate change on the environment and economic sectors.
Bharat Dogra is a journalist and author involved in public-spirited writing for 49 years in English and Hindi. Over 9500 articles written by him have been published in newspapers and journals in India and abroad. He has worked closely with several social movements. His recent books include Planet in Peril, Protecting Earth for Children and Man Over Machine ( Gandhian Ideas for our times). He is honorary Convenor, Campaign to Save the Earth Now. Web-site bharatdogra.in
Dr Fergus Sinclair is Chief Scientist at the Centre for International Forestry Research – World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF), which is part of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. He was the Project Team Leader of the World Food Security Committee (CFS) High-Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) report on agroecology.
Dr. phil. Frank Bliss is Professor for development anthropology at the University of Hamburg and senior research fellow and lecturer at the University of Duisburg-Essen (INEF). He did research in Egypt, Maghrib, Sudan, in Central Asia and several other countries. As a consultant, he mainly worked in the water sector and in projects related to the implementation of social safeguards of infrastructure as well as in policy advice.
Dr. rer. pol. Karin Gaesing, geographer and spatial planner, is a researcher at INEF, University of Duisburg-Essen. She has many years of experience in development cooperation, including for GTZ in Ethiopia and Côte d'Ivoire, and as a freelance consultant in Africa and India. She is an expert in regional planning, gender, participation and land use planning.
Dirk Schattschneider heads the Directorate for Sustainable Supply Chains, Nutrition and Rural Development and Sustainability Standards at the BMZ. He is also the commissioner for the special initiative "ONE WORLD No Hunger". Previously, he was assigned to the Ministry’s regional office for Eastern Europe. He has also held positions at the Federal Ministry of Health and the Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Kola Masha is the Managing Director of Babban Gona. Prior to Babban Gona, Kola was a Managing Director and CEO of a major subsidiary in the Notore Group, one of Nigeria’s leading agricultural conglomerates, where he raised USD 24 million to develop an integrated agricultural trading, production and processing business. Furthermore, he led the development and execution of Notore’s commercial strategy across West and Central Africa, preparing the company to sell one million tons of fertilizer and establish a modern seed business. He led the effort to raise USD 130 million in equity and the restructuring of USD 360 million in debt.
Michel Bernhardt is Head of Project at GIZ for “Scaling Digital Agriculture Innovations through Start-ups” (SAIS) as well as Deputy Head of Program of the “GIZ Fund for International Agricultural Research” (FIA). He is also Chair of the “Strategic Impact, Monitoring and Evaluation Committee” (SIMEC) of the CGIAR.
Katie Gallus is a TV-moderator and journalist with a focus on Africa. After studying Geography and International Relations she attended journalist training with a German TV Channel and worked as a reporter in Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Eritrea and Ethiopia.
Dr. Diana Moran is Sustainability Manager at BASF Agricultural Solutions in Germany. She joined BASF in 2012, working as laboratory leader for crop protection application technology until 2015, when she moved into the field of sustainability in agriculture.
Kindernothilfe (German for "Supporting children in need") was founded in Germany in 1959 as a Christian organisation to support vulnerable and marginalized children and youth to develop their full potentials. Today Kindernothilfe is one of the largest Christian children's rights organisations in Europe. We partner with local non-governmental organisations to implement more than 600 projects in 32 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Institute for Development and Peace (INEF), which was founded in 1990, is an institute of the University of Duisburg-Essen (Faculty of Social Sciences) with a strong focus on policy-related and policy-relevant research.
As a scaling catalyst at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) Lennart Woltering helps scientists and development practitioners scale the impact of their work beyond the project boundaries. He advocates for a shift in mindset around scaling from “reaching many” to include sustainability, responsibility and systems change. Passionate about translating academic research findings into practical application, he developed the Scaling Scan tool that helps users quickly identify bottlenecks and opportunities for scaling. Beyond CIMMYT and the CGIAR, Lennart advises a range of development organizations, alliances and donors on scaling strategies. His position at CIMMYT is supported by GIZ through the Fund for International Agricultural Research (FIA) within the CIM Integrated Expert program.
DGRV - German Cooperative and Raiffeisen Confederation is the cross-sector umbrella federation and auditing association of the cooperative sector in Germany. The DGRV coordinates the cooperative work and represents the common interests of cooperatives in Germany and Europe.
Dr Jan Grossarth is a freelance journalist and book author. His main topics are ecology, agriculture, food security and related social issues. After having worked as a senior editor at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, he was head of communications at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture (BMEL) in 2019. Since 2020, he has worked as a freelance journalist for "Die Welt", "Jüdische Allgemeine", among others, and is a research associate in a project on bioeconomy at LMU Munich.
Moritz Reigl finished his post-graduate studies at the Centre for Rural Development (SLE), Humboldt-Universität Berlin in December 2020 and is now working as a freelance consultant. His research and academic education are driven by interdisciplinarity and complex system-thinking.
Johanna Hansmann is postgraduate participant of the 58th cohort at the Centre for Rural Development (SLE) in Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She holds a master's degree in food security and development from University of Reading in UK. Her subject and interest areas are inclusive agribusiness models, food systems and rural transformation.
Alexander Mewes is a graduate from the 58. cohort of the postgraduate course of the Centre for Rural Development (SLE), Humboldt-Universität Berlin. He has a master's degree in Development Studies from the University of Passau and gained field research experience in international research institutes (IITA-CGIAR, EAWAG) focusing on food security, rural development and behavioral change.
Dr. Agustina Malvido is a research assistant since 2019 at the Centre for Rural Development (SLE), Humboldt University Berlin. She has a PhD. in agricultural economics with focus on agricultural cooperatives (Humboldt University), an Erasmus Mundus International Master of Science in Rural Development, and a Master of Arts in Development Management and Policy.
Salima Mahamoudou is West and Central Africa Lead at the World Resources Institute (WRI). She defines WRI’s restoration strategy for francophone and Sahelian Africa, and future WRI-AFR100 engagement in dryland Africa. Mahamoudou plays a major role in advancing technical land restoration work in Francophone and Sahelian AFR100 countries, with main current focal countries including Niger, Cameroon, Ghana, and Nigeria.
Bernadette Arakwiye is a Research Associate in the Global Restoration Initiative at World Resources Institute (WRI). Her work supports restoration monitoring in African countries, and she serves as an in-country liaison for WRI in Rwanda. Her expertise centers on the use of Geographic Information Science for Terrestrial Landscape Monitoring to inform Policy and Management Decisions.
Cyrus Samimi is Professor of Climatology at the University of Bayreuth, and is also Director of the Institute of African Studies (IAS) based there. His work focuses on climatology, vegetation geography, remote sensing and the effects of climate change.
David Sahay is a documentary filmmaker and journalist with a focus on China. After studying politics he attended the Zeitenspiegel-Reportageschule and worked for some of the most renown printed magazines and TV Channels in Germany.
Dr. Maria Flachsbarth is the Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. She has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2002 and is a trained veterinarian. Since 2013 Dr. Flachsbarth has been Parliamentary State Secretary in two coalition governments of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Prof. Dr. Markus Hanisch is the Director of Centre for Rural Development (SLE) Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He has a PhD. in agricultural and resource economics. Many years of experience as a chairholder, project manager, and university lecturer at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Particular expertise in the field of rural cooperatives, international/national. Professional experience as a consultant and expert for various international organisations, including the GIZ, FAO, World Bank, Conservation International, and UN-DESA.
Judith Henze is a post-doctoral consultant for sustainable innovations in agriculture, focusing on ICTs. She currently explores how AI can be employed to support farmers, food systems and to minimise human-wildlife-conflicts.
Silke Stöber is a senior researcher at Centre for Rural Development (SLE), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, with many years of experience in academic research, consultancy and teaching, covering the areas of food security and climate change adaptation. Her research and training is driven by transdisciplinarity and co-research with smallholder farmers. She is experienced in communication and management of junior research teams and supervises up to three Master or Bachelor theses per year. She has specialised on mixed methods research methodologies and designs, including representative household surveys, historical weather analysis, randomised field experiments, inter-farm comparison trials and participatory co-research with smallholder farmer groups.
Jürgen Vögele assumed the position of Vice President for Sustainable Development at the World Bank on April 1, 2020. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Vögele was Global Director of the World Bank's Climate Change Group and Senior Director of the World Bank's Agriculture and Food Global Practice. He chairs the CGIAR System Council Board, which oversees agricultural research programs to address poverty, food and nutrition security, and improve natural resource management around the world. Since joining the World Bank in 1991, Dr. Vögele has served in a variety of roles. He holds a PhD in agricultural economics and a master's degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Hohenheim, in Germany.
Andreas Freytag is Professor of Economic Policy at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. Among other things, he heads the Schumpeter Center for the Study of Social and Economic Change there. His research focuses on foreign economic and development policy issues, particularly with regard to southern Africa. Freytag is a founding member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Africa Association.
Veselina Vasileva is a policy officer in the Policy Department of the Fair Trade Company GEPA. The focus of her work at GEPA is on the needs and interests of smallholder farmers and trading partners, in order to represent them in Fair Trade vis-à-vis politicians in Germany and worldwide. Since 2011, Vasileva has been active in the areas of fair trade, business and human rights, sustainable public procurement and climate change.
Jann Lay is head of the research focus "Growth and Development" at the GIGA Leipniz Institute for Global and Regional Studies in Hamburg. As an adjunct professor, he teaches development economics at the University of Göttingen. In his research he examines various aspects of economic development in the Global South with a focus on Africa.
Paul A.M. van Zwieten is Assistant Professor of Fisheries Management at the Aquaculture and Fisheries Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands, with long-term experience in working in small-scale freshwater and marine fisheries in tropical regions in Africa and South-East Asia. His main research interest is in data and information requirements to evaluate fisheries resource use in data poor situations, spatial use of fisheries resources (fishing effort allocation) and fishing patterns (balanced harvesting). He currently works together with experts from Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda on the Small Fish and Food Security project.
Mark Leclair is a Communication for Development expert with 12 years of professional experience in program development, design and evaluation; project management and coordination. He has worked in East, Southern, and West Africa with Farm Radio International, providing support for the development of participatory communication programs aimed at increasing food security and health outcomes for listening audiences. Mark has a Masters in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) as well as an undergraduate degree in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa.
Ms. Burbano de Lara is WFP’s world expert in school feeding and a member of the Technical Committee for School Feeding of the Partnership for Child Development at the Imperial College in London. In this capacity, she has advised the governments of China, Colombia and Kenya, Ghana, among others, often in partnership with the World Bank. During her 14 years of experience with WFP, Carmen Burbano de Lara has specialized in supporting governments to strengthen their national social protection and safety net policies and programmes and to tackle malnutrition and food insecurity.
Prof. Richard Mkandawire is a Socio-economist and a Rural Development expert. He is currently the Africa Director of the Alliance for African Partnership (AAP), and Chairperson of the Malawi Planning Commission. Before joining AAP, he worked as Vice President of the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership where he led a team of experts in driving innovative interventions for efficient and effective delivery of fertilizers among smallholder famers in Africa. In 2012 the University of Pretoria appointed him as “Extra-Ordinary Professor” for his contribution to spearheading agriculture transformation in Africa. Prof Mkandawire has over the years published extensively in agriculture development policy and related areas.
Adesoji Adelaja is Professor in Land Policy at Michigan State University (MSU). His research span the areas of Agricultural Development, Land Policy, Regional Development, Food Policy and Renewable Energy Policy. He founded and directed several research centers and institutes, including the Food Policy Institute (Rutgers) and the Land Policy Institute (MSU). On leave from MSU, Adelaja recently spent five years as Special Adviser on Economic Intelligence at the Nigerian Presidency. Adelaja is a fellow of the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review and has been active on corporate boards in the food, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, investment banking and information technology sectors.
Thomas Jayne is University Foundation Professor of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. Jayne is a Distinguished Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and the African Association of Agricultural Economists. His research identifies emerging trends driving transformation in African agrifood systems. Over the past decade, he has received six research excellence awards, including the 2009 Outstanding Article Award in Agricultural Economics and the 2017 AAEA Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis. In 2019/20, Jayne serves as senior advisor to the President of the African Development Bank.
Jan Orbie is Associate Professor in European Union (EU) External Relations at the Department of Political Science at Ghent University (Belgium). He is a member of the Centre for EU Studies (CEUS) and the Ghent Centre for Global Studies (GCGS) at the same university. He has published on the EU’s external trade, social, development, humanitarian aid and democracy promotion policies. Recently, he has published on the labour rights and fair trade dimension of EU external policies, on civil society involvement in EU trade agreements, on the impact of the covid-19 crisis on EU trade policy, and on EU development policy including from a post-development perspective.
Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellow Nicole de Paula holds a PhD in International Relations from Sciences Po Paris. Her current work focuses on the translation of planetary health studies for policymakers. She is the Executive Director and founder of the “Women Leaders for Planetary Health” initiative, launched at COP25, and co-founder of the Planetary Health Research Group at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Nicole is a member of the global committee tasked to design the Planetary Health Global Summit 2021, in partnership with the Planetary Health Alliance.
Kathleen Mar’s work focuses on the nexus of climate, air pollution, and health. She holds a Ph.D. in atmospheric chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and worked at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) prior to joining the IASS, where she leads the group Climate Action in National and International Processes (ClimAct). She is a Senior Associate at the Women Leaders for Planetary Health.
Léa Rouanet is an Economist working at the World Bank Africa Gender Innovation Lab. Her current research identifies and addresses gender-based constraints to economic activity in sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on agriculture, youth employment, socio-emotional skills, gender-based violence and adolescent girls programming. She is currently involved in several impact evaluations on these topics across Africa. Before joining the World Bank, Rouanet was a PhD candidate and Research Fellow at the Paris School of Economics, where her research focused on nutrition, child mortality, fertility and gender preferences in Africa. She holds a PhD from the Paris School of Economics.
The World Bank’s Africa Region Gender Innovation Lab (GIL) conducts impact evaluations which assess the outcome of development interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa, to generate evidence on how to close the gender gap in earnings, productivity, assets, and agency. GIL focuses on five thematic areas: Agriculture, Private Sector Development, Property Rights, Social Norms, and Youth Employment.
Beatrice Gakuba is the executive director of the African Women Agribusiness Network Afrika (AWAN-AFRIKA), a nonprofit focused on providing women-owned agribusinesses access to sustainable markets, trade information, innovative financing solutions and technologies. After a 20-year career in poverty alleviation and integrated development with various United Nations Agencies and other Development organizations, Beatrice Gakuba returned to her native Rwanda in 2004. She then started one of Rwanda’s most thriving businesses in horticulture and has been hailed by international leaders as an example of the potential success of entrepreneurship in economically revitalizing economies in African countries. Beatrice Gakuba is Food security and Nutrition Expert, Senior Content Adviser in Agribusiness, Social innovator, and a seasoned entrepreneur. She is very passionate about issues related to women in Agribusiness and economic empowerment.
Franziska Humbert is a doctor of law. She has been working at the international development organisation Oxfam in the area of economics and human rights since 2004. Her work includes collaborating with national and international business and political decision-makers and preparing case studies on companies as well as developing and commenting on draft legislation. In addition to working with Oxfam Germany, Franziska Humbert also researches in the field of human rights and global trade at the University of Bern. She has been a professor on this since 2011 and taught international business law during the 2011 summer semester at the University of Zurich.
Carsta Neuenroth is gender adviser at Bread for the World. Her focus is on gender policy in the context of development cooperation and gender mainstreaming within the organization. Before that she worked as trainer and consultant for gender, agriculture and food security, project management and impact orientation with a German consultancy firm. Through her work she gained experience in many Latin American, African and Asian countries. As a development worker she lived in Guatemala for many years. She holds degrees in agriculture and development studies.
Nadine Babatounde, a trained agricultural engineer, has been involved in the fight against malnutrition for several years by implementing several projects to improve the nutrition of vulnerable target groups such as women and children. She started at CEBEDES as animator of the nutrition programme and quickly put her leadership skills to use as team leader, and later as JARDALIM project manager. She currently holds the latter position within the NGO.
Anne Floquet is an agricultural engineer, holds a PhD from the University of Hohenheim and has been working with the NGO CEBEDES in Benin since the 1990s. She also teaches at the university and conducts research in collaboration with farmers. Through discussions with women who are supervised by the NGO's nutrition animators, the idea for a programme for family gardens was born.
Dr. Ahmed Ogwell Ouma is Deputy Director at the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). Before that, he worked many years for the WHO. Africa CDC is a specialized technical institution of the African Union established to support public health initiatives of Member States and strengthen the capacity of their public health institutions to detect, prevent, control and respond quickly and effectively to disease threats. Africa CDC supports African Union Member States in providing coordinated and integrated solutions to the inadequacies in their public health infrastructure, human resource capacity, disease surveillance, laboratory diagnostics, and preparedness and response to health emergencies and disasters. Established in January 2016 by the 26th Ordinary Assembly of Heads of State and Government and officially launched in January 2017, Africa CDC is guided by the principles of leadership, credibility, ownership, delegated authority, timely dissemination of information, and transparency in carrying out its day-to-day activities. The institution serves as a platform for Member States to share and exchange knowledge and lessons from public health interventions. Its headquarter is located in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia.
Ismahane Elouafi is Director General of the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) in Dubai. Prior to that, she had held management positions with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. She also worked as a scientist with several international research organizations, including the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS), and International Maize and Wheat Center (CIMMYT). Ismahane Elouafi holds a PhD in genetics from the University of Cordoba, Spain, and has a passion for science and its integration with politics.
Marvin Antonio Garcia Otero himself grew up on a finca near San Miguel in eastern El Salvador. He still manages it today, but he also had the opportunity to study agronomy and to contribute and develop his knowledge in San Miguel as deputy director of Caritas. The Caritas team has 21 members (8 of which are women). We are part of the Diocese of San Miguel and work with a total of 1250 families in three communities. We particularly focus on the topic of “supporting the youth”. This includes a house for young migrants from other Latin American countries who are seeking refuge and can have their rights as migrants protected. Even internally displaced people who are fleeing violence find shelter with us. The violence mainly comes from gangs. We pursue an “integral approach” in order to protect both young people and adults alike from risks. The Diocese wants to boost these people’s resilience against these risks, which include not only violence, but also droughts.
Heino von Meyer moderates the Strategic Support Group of SEWOH, in which representatives from civil society, science, the business world and associations advise the BMZ. Since 2019, he has been Head of Global Relations and Networking at the creative founding team of the international PtX Hub Berlin. Their mission is to catalyze green hydrogen solutions on a global scale, with a special focus on sustainability along the entire value chain.
Sarah D’haen coordinates TMG Research’s SEWOH Lab project. Originally trained as an agronomist and environmental scientist, Sarah’s expertise and interest lie in livelihood dynamics in the Global South, in identifying the direct and indirect drivers of vulnerability and poverty, and finding ways to address these in an effective, inclusive and sustainable way. Throughout her career she has applied this interest in research and implementation projects focused on land use change and adaptation to climate change. She has worked extensively with local and national level stakeholders, scientists and policy makers, predominantly in Sub-Saharan Africa, and more recently also in Europe. She holds a PhD in Geography.
Felix Prinz zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg is a German agricultural scientist and farmer. He is known as a critic of industrial agriculture. As chairman of the BÖLW (Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft) he helps to promote the development of the organic food industry and to create sustainable framework conditions. He converted the Habitzheim estate, which has been owned by the family for 500 years, to organic.
Dr. Annette Weber is Senior Fellow in the Middle East and Africa Research Division of the German Institute for International and Security Studies (SWP) in Berlin. Her regional expertise is in the Horn of Africa, she works on conflict analysis, fragile states, non-state-actors and state building as well as Jihadist groups in Africa. Her current focus is mainly on the situation in Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia. She is involved in the mediation effort of the national Dialogue between government and armed and unarmed opposition in Sudan. As a senior advisor for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue she is advising on conflict resolutions throughout the Horn of Africa.
Dr. Weber had a two year residency in Ethiopia 2010-2012 with in depth research in the Horn of Africa. From 2012 she was head of department at SWP. She writes extensively and advises the Bundestag and the German administration on these issues. Previously she worked as a coordinator for the Ecumenical Network on Central Africa mainly on the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. Annette Weber was researcher with amnesty international in London for Sudan and worked as a consultant for Human Rights Watch and amnesty international on Sudan and Uganda. She received her PhD from the Free University Berlin and teaches at several Universities on international relations and peace and conflict resolution.
Dr. Bettina Rudloff works as agricultural engineer and trade economist at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin. SWP is a German think tank conducting practically oriented research and advising the German Bundestag and Federal Government on foreign and security policy issuesPrior to that she was Assistant Professor at the Institute for Food and Resource Economics at Bonn University and lecturer at the European Institute of Public Administration in Maastricht, The Netherlands and consulted European and international officials. She advises different political actors in the EU and Germany on agricultural policy, trade and investment agreements and their interlinkages with food security and development. She is member of the strategical advisory board of the special initiative “”One World, no Hunger” of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Since October 2014, Gunther Beger has been Head of Division 1 (Policy Issues; Economy; Trade; Rural Development) at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). From December 2013 to October 2014 he headed the Executive Staff at BMZ. Beger, born in Bonn in 1961, studied agricultural sciences with a focus on economics, social sciences and development policy. From 1991 onwards, he worked for over 20 years in various functions at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), most recently as Head of the Department for International Projects. From 1995 to 2000, he was Agricultural Officer at the German Embassy in Moscow. From 2003 to 2005, Beger worked as an advisor to the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag in the areas of agriculture, consumer and environmental protection.
Brit Reichelt-Zolho is an ecologist and has worked for the WWF since 2000. Before that she worked in Belize, Central America and Scotland, where she studied. From 1997 she lived in Mozambique and managed an environmental training centre and various conservation projects for 10 years. Afterwards she was Nature Conservation Director and Country Director at WWF Mozambique, where she was responsible for the whole range of marine, terrestrial and political nature conservation work. Since 2012, she has been working for WWF Germany as a consultant for Southern and Eastern Africa, with a focus on the KAZA transboundary network of protected areas, and is in charge of projects on community-based nature conservation, anti-poaching, lion protection and above all sustainable agriculture adapted to climate change. She firmly believes that nature conservation in Africa can only be successful together with the local population.
To change the world with small steps. Kerstin Weber and her team at WWF work every day in the field of sustainable food and agriculture. A core area that often gets lost in everyday life is the massive waste of food, which is still far too great in Germany. After all, each of our consumption decisions has an impact on nature and resources. She wants to create this awareness for reflected consumption. Every step counts!
Dr May Hokan is a veterinarian and has been with the WWF since 2019. After growing up in Syria and studying in Germany, she was drawn to Africa where she researched lemurs and worked with elephants. Her main interest is the health aspect of the relationship between humans, animals and the environment. At the WWF, she worked for the protection of the habitat of lions, elephants and cheetahs in southern Africa.
Dr. Arnulf Köhncke is an ecologist and head of the Species Protection Department at WWF Germany. Since he lived and worked in Cambodia for almost a year some time ago, he has been fascinated by the region of Southeast Asia, its people and its nature. In the meantime, he is working more generally on the challenges of protecting endangered species and making environmental protection and economic development more compatible. His main areas of work are poaching and the trade in illegal wildlife products, especially ivory and rhino horn. At the same time, he works to protect such endangered and iconic species as the great apes, the polar bear, the great panda and the Sumatran rhinoceros.
Since mid 2018 Sebastian Lesch has been head of the Agriculture Department of the BMZ, which is responsible for a wide range of topics from agricultural trade and global agricultural supply chains such as soya, palm oil, cocoa or coffee, for the Common European Agricultural Policy to concrete innovation in our project work with a wide range of partners worldwide. The unit includes the flagship project of the "Green Innovation Centres" as well as international agricultural research and agrobiodiversity. Prior to this, Mr Lesch was Head of German-Egyptian Development Cooperation in Cairo for four years, from 2010 to 2014 he was Press Officer of the BMZ and before that Country Director for Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus. He studied contemporary history, international politics and international law, is married and has three sons.
Dr. Arif Husain is Chief Economist and Director of the Food Security Analysis and Trends Service at United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Rome, Italy. He joined WFP in 2003 and since then he has served in many senior positions both in the field and the headquarters. He has also worked for the World Bank and taught at the Hubert H Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. His work focuses on analysing food security and welfare conditions in developing countries to inform humanitarian response. His research interests include application of information technologies to improve humanitarian response; understanding linkages between poverty, hunger, conflict and migration. Arif Husain has a Ph.D. in agricultural and applied economics with a minor in forestry from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Ben Sekamatte is an independent consultant and an agricultural expert from Uganda who has a long-standing experience in the African cotton business. He advises Cotton made in Africa with valuable training inputs and thereby guarantees the fruitful implementation of new agri-business concepts within the Cotton made in Africa program - such as the bio-pesticides.
Boaz Ogola is General Manager at Alliance Ginneries Ltd., Tanzania – a CmiA verified cotton company in Eastern Africa. He is responsible for managing the day-to-day business operations and represents the company in all government affairs as well as those relating to village communities. In addition, he coordinates, supervises, and manages the implementation of all CmiA projects – such as community projects or the bio-pesticide project.
Shenggen Fan was the Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) between 2009 and 2019. He is known for his work on transition economies and rural development in China. His research has focused on analysis of the role of public and private investments in agriculture and public infrastructure in the fight against chronic poverty and hunger. In addition to his work on his home country, he has also worked extensively in other Asian countries, and East Africa.
Jehiel Oliver is responsible for the overall management and strategy of Hello Tractor, an agricultural technology company that connects tractor owners and farmers through a farm equipment sharing application. He has been honored with numerous awards for his work in social entrepreneurship including being recognized by Foreign Policy Magazine as a Top 100 Global Thinker for 2016. He was appointed under the Obama Administration as a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa, where he chaired the technology subcommittee. Prior to Hello Tractor, Oliver worked in consulting and investment banking. He studied economics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at Florida A&M University and Cornell University, respectively.
Solomon King Benge is the founder of Fundi Bots, an education non-profit with a mission to accelerate science learning in Africa. Fundi Bots uses high-impact learning tools like robotics and enhanced science curriculum material to promote better learning outcomes, improved career prospects and real-world technological advancement in African schools and communities.
In addition, he is a 2014 Echoing Green Fellow, 2014 Ashoka Fellow and a 2017, Segal Family Foundation African Visionary Fellow.
Solomon also enjoys art and storytelling through various media.
Sue Cant provides technical advisory for World Vision’s social accountability programs, now scaled to 715 sites across 47 countries. Sue has more than 12 years experience working in policy, programming and sub-national governance in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. She has previously worked as a democratic governance adviser on an Australian Government program in Papua New Guinea and as an M&E specialist. She holds a Master in Evaluation of social accountability interventions from the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Anna Sophia Rainer has been Africa Advisor for the German Agribusiness Alliance, an initiative of leading associations and companies in the agricultural and food industries, since 2018. In this function she is seconded to the Afrika-Verein der deutschen Wirtschaft where she is responsible for all topics relating to agriculture and the food industry. Previously, she worked for the Afrika-Verein as a project officer for northern and western Africa. Ms. Rainer studied African Science in Leipzig, Naples and Dar Es Saalam and spent some time in Uganda and China during her studies.
Tanja Reith is a solution manager for the Agribusiness vertical in the SAP Industries organization. She has over 20 years of experience in go-to-market and solution management roles for enterprise software, engaging closely with customers and partners across different industries such as agribusiness, consumer products, and financial services. Tanja’s ambition is to drive shared value resulting in business value to our customers while making a social impact and improving people’s lives.
Dr. Essa Chanie Mussa is Assistant Professor at the University of Gondar. He holds a PhD in agricultural and development economics from the Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn. In addition, he works as a research analyst for the UNICEF Office for Research - Innocenti, Social and Economic Policy in a project to build an integrated safety net for the most vulnerable women and children in rural and urban Ethiopia.
Karina Mroß works in research and policy consulting at the German Development Institute (DIE). In the program "Transformation of Political (UN-)Order" she researches peace and democracy promotion in post-conflict societies and has recently completed her doctorate at the University of St.Gallen. In addition to cross-national comparative analyses, she has conducted field research on these topics in Burundi, Liberia, Nepal and Timor-Leste.
Dr. Reiner Klingholz is director and board member of the Berlin-Institute for Population and Development. Previously, he was a member of the Enquete Commission on Demographic Change in Lower Saxony and worked as a Fellow at the Stellenborsch Institute for Advanced Studies in South Africa.
Dr. Stefan Liebing is chairman of the Africa Association of German Business. He is the owner and managing director of Conjuncta GmbH in various management functions in the energy industry, most recently at EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG.
Michael Windfuhr is a political scientist, educated at the University of Heidelberg. Since 2011, he has been the Deputy Director of the German Institute for Human Rights, the national human rights institution of Germany. For the five years prior to this, he served as Human Rights Director of Bread for the World, the development organisation of the Protestant church of Germany.
Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki of the Republic of Niger is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency. He was appointed to the position in January 2009. A former Prime Minister of Niger, from 1997 to 2000, Dr. Mayaki has a Master’ degree from the National School of Public Administration (Enap), Quebec, Canada and a PhD in Administrative Sciences from the University of Paris I, France. He worked as a Professor of Public Administration in Niger and Venezuela.
Roselyn Korleh is the Communication, Policy and Reporting Officer on the BMZ Funded Multi Actor Partnership project called ‘’Land for Life- Making Policies Work for Food Security in Liberia working with Rights and Rice Foundation; a national Implementing Partner to Welthungerhilfe.
M. Sahr Nouwah is a dedicated young Liberian with a servant-leadership skill and a hands-on and result-oriented gifts with a solid background in governance, community development, advocacy and empowerment. As a National Head of Projects for two Land rights projects supported by the European Union and the Germany Foreign Ministry for International development cooperation separately, Sahr uses a mix methodology including Multi-Actor Partnerships (MSPs) and social innovative approaches to effect change in the Land reform processes of Liberia using constructive dialogue and engagement.
Prof. Dr. Christine Wieck has been teaching and researching at the University of Hohenheim since February 2018, where she heads the Department of Agricultural and Nutrition Policy. She is a member of the Task Force Rural Africa, an independent expert group of the European Union. Previously, she spent two and a half years working as a political consultant for the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ).
Sara Boettiger is an agricultural economist and has worked all over Africa, Asia and Latin America for the past 15 years. She is a Senior Advisor at the McKinsey Centre for Agricultural Transformation, developing market-based solutions and technologies for developing countries and emerging markets.
Desiree Dietvorst, freelance consultant. As Socio-economic Advisor, she helped stakeholders identify their opportunities and responsibilities in an increasingly liberalised market economy. As a consultant she supported the development and strengthening of CBOs, Producers’ and Traders’ Associations and local NGOs as well as promoting the cooperation between actors in the public, private, community and NGO sectors.
Maria Schmidt studied Political Science, focussing on development cooperation and policy analysis in sub-Saharan Africa early in her Franco-German studies at the Sciences Po Bordeaux Institute and University of Stuttgart. This led her first to the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation, then to the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Benin and, most recently, to the GIZ in Ghana. She has been working there for the ComCashew project since December 2015, and, within her advisory duties, is primarily involved with public partners in promoting the cashew value chain.
Joseph Opoku Gakpo is the 2018 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists’ best reporter in video reporting. He is an online and broadcast journalist with the Multimedia Group Limited in Ghana, reporting on environment, agriculture and rural development.
John Agyekum Kufuor was sworn into office as president of Ghana on 7th January 2001. He served two four year terms after winning re-election in 2004 until he stepped down on 7th January 2009. A lawyer by profession, Kufuor trained at the Oxford University in the UK and spent many years as a private businessman before eventually entering politics full time. During his time as president, he served as chairman of the African Union between 2007 and 2008.
Elizabeth Nsimadala is the Regional President of Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF) and Board Member of Pan Africa Farmers Organisation (PAFO) she is also the current chairperson of Uganda Cooperative College Tororo governing council in Uganda and the Coordinator CARITAS Cooperative Governing Council in Uganda.
Susanne Neubert, Director of the Centre for Rural Development (SLE). Strategic development in education, training, research and consultancy. Securing and supervising SLE overseas projects. PhD in agricultural economics and ecology with a regional specialisation in Africa.
Marwa Shumo is an environment biotechnologist who obtained her undergraduate training at the University of Nizwa, Oman. Marwa is an expert on black soldier flies and their applications in livestock feed production and future food security.
Iris Manner is a media consultant at World Vision Germany. Frequent trips to Kenya have influenced her and she is therefore very interested in environmental and nature conservation as well as children’s and women's rights.
Maria Smentek is the communications officer in the Berlin office of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). WFP Berlin's communications efforts focus on humanitarian crises, development programmes and innovations in the fight against hunger.
Wilane Paté Wilane Paté is a radio presenter and journalist in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He was trained at the Studio-Ecole Mozaik – a school of journalism run in cooperation with forty partner radio stations throughout the country – and regularly presents current affairs programmes produced by Studio Mozaik.
Since 1988 Bettina Rühl, born in 1965, has been a radio and feature article writer specialising in Africa. She has been living in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, since 2011. She has received several awards for her radio features, including the Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media in 2012.
Dr. Pedro Morazán, born in Honduras, is an economist who has been working as a research assistant at SÜDWIND since 1992. During this time he has been in charge of numerous evaluations and partner consultations. He has also published various studies and expert reports for different organisations, including GIZ/BMZ.
Tilman Wörtz studied politics and economics in Erlangen, Paris and Mexico City. Since 2000 he has been working as a reporter for Zeitenspiegel Reportagen. He is interested in the economic and political development of countries in crisis.
Frank Brunner is a master of political science and a journalist. He works as an editor and writer for various daily newspapers in Berlin, and for Spiegel Online and Zeit Online. Later editor-in-chief in the science journalism department of W. Bertelsmann publishers. Currently a writer for Zeitenspiegel Reportagen and in the Baden-Württemberg office of stern.
Dr Marlis Lindecke heads GIZ’s Advisory Service on Agricultural Research for Development (BEAF) Programme, based in Bonn. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), she and her team manage the support to the international agricultural research centres of the global research partnership for a food-secure future (CGIAR), the World Vegetable Center (formerly AVRDC) and the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe).
As President of AGRA, Dr. Agnes Kalibata leads the organization’s efforts with public and private partners to ensure a food secure and prosperous Africa through rapid, sustainable agricultural growth, improving the productivity and livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers. Prior to joining AGRA in September 2014, Dr. Kalibata was Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI).
Prof. Dr. Horst Köhler served as President of Germany from 2004 to 2010. Prior to that, he was Secretary of State in the Federal Ministry of Finance, President of the Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Managing Director of the IMF.
Professor Helmut Asche is an economist and sociologist. From 1985 to 1998 he worked as an economic advisor for GTZ. Until 2016 he taught as an honorary professor at the Department of Anthropology and African studies, University of Mainz.
Dr. Andreas Quiring has been Director of the Andreas Hermes Akademie (AHA) since 2008 in the educational center of the German agriculture e.V.. In this function, he is responsible for the education work of the AHA, which since 1949 has been accompanying people and organizations in the agrarian sector in development and change processes.
Alexander Müller, a graduate sociologist, is the head of a global study of the UN Environment Program on "The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Agriculture and Food" and CEO of "TMG - Töpfer, Müller, Gaßner GmbH, ThinkTankforSustainabilty".
Since April 2013, Jenny Walther-Thoß has been responsible at the WWF for sustainable biomass use, i.e. the energetic, material and technical use of biomass. After studying agricultural sciences in Berlin, she started working as a freelance auditor in the field of bio-control and as a research assistant (focus on regional development) in the FG Resource Economy at HU.